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Anna Nicole Smith

is Dead

2/8/2007 11:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Former Playboy Playmate and TRIMSPA spokesperson Anna Nicole Smith died Thursday afternoon after she was discovered unconscious in her hotel room at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. She was 39. 

Cops say Smith's private nurse called a hotel operator at 1:38 PM EST. Before paramedics arrived on scene, Smith's bodyguard performed CPR. One of the first paramedics to arrive claimed that she was dead when he got there. Smith was rushed to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood. An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow.

The following is a detailed timeline of how today's shocking events unfolded.


Anna Nicole Smith

Anna's Sister: Family is "Saddened and Heartbroken"

[7:43pm] Anna Nicole Smith's sister, Donna Hogan, has released this statement about the passing of Anna Nicole:[7:43pm] Anna Nicole Smith's sister, Donna Hogan, has released this statement about the passing of Anna Nicole: 


"On behalf of the Hogan Family, we are saddened and heartbroken by my sister's death. No matter what our differences have been over the years, Anna was still our blood and she will be missed terribly. She was a woman who was determined to get out of her small town in Texas and make a name for herself.

She became an international star and she was a good mother to Daniel; there is no doubt that her son loved her. They lived out of each other's pockets while he was alive and now they can finally be together again in Heaven.

We feel that the death of her son left her deeply saddened, a sadness she hid from everyone. As a mother of three children, I am anguished by this tragic event and the fact that her new baby daughter Dannielynn Hope is now without a mother."

Click here to listen to an MP3 of the statement.


Anna's Cousin: Family Worried About the Baby

[7:13pm] Barely able to maintain her composure, Anna Nicole Smith 's first cousin, Theresa Harrison, gave an exclusive statement to TMZ about her family's reaction to Anna's death.

"I have spoken with Anna's mom and aunt, and we are very worried about her baby. We hope that she has a better chance at life than her mom did. Anna had a very rough life."

Howard K. Stern and Anna Nicole Smith
Bahama Law: Howard Is Baby's Legal Guardian

[6:26pm] With the sudden death of Anna Nicole Smith, Howard K. Stern has already assumed the title of "legal guardian" of Anna Nicole Smith's 5-month-old daughter Danielynn, according to the laws of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.

The law states, "On the death of the mother of a child, the father, if surviving, shall, subject to the provision of this Act, be guardian of the child, either alone or jointly with any guardian appointed by the mother. "

Smith named Stern as the father on Danielynn's Bahamian birth certificate. Stern, who appeared on "Larry King Live" and proclaimed that he was the father, is in a war of words with Larry Birkhead, Anna Nicole's former boyfriend who claims he's the daddy. Birkhead has filed legal papers in Los Angeles, asking a judge to order a paternity test.

Dannielynn Hope Marshall Stern's birth certificate
 

Memorial Regional HospitalAnna's Body Moved to Hospital VIP Area

[6:01pm] Sources inside Memorial Regional tell TMZ that Anna Nicole's body has been moved to a VIP section of the hospital, which is off-limits to everyone except for key hospital personnel and requires special keycards for entry.

A death certificate will be filed within 24 hours.


Anna's Body Moved

[5:04pm] Sources inside Memorial Regional tell TMZ that Anna Nicole's body has been moved to a VIP section of the hospital, which is off-limits to everyone except for key hospital personnel and requires special keycards for entry.

A death certificate will be filed within 24 hours.


Witness: Anna Already Dead en Route to Hospital

[4:56pm] A casino witness says that Anna Nicole's body was already covered when she arrived at Memorial Hospital, according to a report on CNN.


Cops -- Bodyguard Administered CPR

[4:37pm] According to Seminole, Florida Police Chief Charlie Tiger, Anna's bodyguard administered CPR before paramedics arrived.

Tiger also said that Anna's private nurse was with Anna at the hotel. He did not know why a nurse was with her.


Did Anna's Mom See This Coming?

[4:36pm] In October 2006, Anna Nicole Smith's mom, Virgie Arthur, told Nancy Grace on CNN Headline News that after the death of Anna's son, Daniel, she was concerned that Howard K. Stern was the one in line to inherit Anna's millions. 

"If Howard Stern marries her and she ends up dead, then who does the money go [to]? Danny's not there," Arthur said.
 

Larry BirkheadBirkhead's Attorney: He is Not OK

[4:36pm] TMZ briefly contacted the attorney of Larry Birkhead, the man who says he is the father of Anna Nicole's baby. All she would say is that Larry "is not OK."

Daniel Smith and Anna Nicole Smith


Investigation into Daniel's Death Will Continue

[4:29pm] In a statement to TMZ, the Chief Magistrate of the Bahamas,Roger Gomez, says "I am very sorry to hear of Anna's death. Our condolences go out to her family. The inquiry into the death of her son Daniel well still go on, even though she was a very important witness. 


Guess Jeans -- "She didn't survive the loss of Daniel"

[6:52pm] Guess Jeans founder Paul Marciano, who employed Anna as a model in the 90s, has issued the following statement: "This is a very tragic and sad day. Personally I feel she did not survive the loss of her son Daniel, who was the love of her life."

Anna Nicoel Smith's Guess Campaign 

Family Law Attorney: Anna's 1st Husband Could Sue

[6:31pm] TMZ spoke to a prominent family law attorney who says now that Anna Nicole has died, it's technically possible for Billy Smith, the father of Anna Nicole's late son Daniel, to sue Anna's estate for wrongful death.

A source in the Bahamas coroner's office has said a witness will testify that Howard K. Stern, Anna's companion and lawyer, allegedly gave Daniel methadone. At the time of his death, Daniel had a combination of seven drugs in his system, including multiple anti-depressants and methadone.

The coroner has stated they will conduct a formal inquest into Daniel's death.


Attorney: She Had "Flu-Like" Symptoms This Week

[5:58pm] Attorney Ron Rale says Anna had been under the weather with "flu-like symptoms" the past week and she "showed signs of a fever" last night. According to Rale, Anna's lawyer-turned-partner Howard K.Stern is at the Miami hospital now and is overwhelmingly distraught.


Attorney Says DNA to be Discussed in Court Friday

[5:49pm] Attorney Ron Rale, who had been representing Anna Nicole in her paternity battle with Larry Birkhead, tells TMZ there will be a court hearing tomorrow. He says he was contacted by reps for Larry Birkhead and they will go to court to discuss the matter of DNA testing.

Larry Birkhead's attorney also confirms that the emergency court hearing is set for tomorrow morning in Los Angeles.


TRIMSPA -- "We pray that she is granted peace"

[5:48pm] TRIMSPA has released the following statement regarding Anna Nicole's death: "Today, Anna Nicole Smith's grief stricken and tumultuous personal life came to an end. Anna came to our Company as a customer, but she departs it as a friend. While life for Anna Nicole was not easy these past few months, she held dear her husband, Howard K. Stern, her daughter, Dannielynn Hope, her most cherished friends, beloved dogs, and finally, her work with TRIMSPA. Anna knew both the joy of giving life, and the heartache of losing a child. We pray that she is granted the peace that eluded her more recent days on earth, and that she finds comfort in the presence of her son, Daniel."


Marshall Family Shocked by Anna's Death

[5:26pm] In a statement to the TV show "EXTRA," the family of J. Howard Marshall, Anna's late husband, said "Our family was shocked by the untimely death of Anna Nicole Smith. We wish to express our sympathies to her family in this difficult time. We understand that many of you will be asking questions concerning the ongoing litigation with Anna. Out of respect to her friends and family we will reserve comment on the litigation at this time."


Paramedic: Anna Was Not Alive When I Got to the Room

[5:24pm] NBC affiliate WTVJ in Miami did an on air interview with a Hollywood, Florida paramedic who was one of the first to arrive at Anna's hotel room after she was found unresponsive. The paramedic said she was not alive when he got to the room. Click here for audio.


Anna Autopsy to Take Place Tomorrow

[5:23pm] TMZ has spoken with Chief Coroner Johnson of the Broward County Medical Examiner's Office who tells us that an autopsy on Anna Nicole Smith will take place early tomorrow morning. Her body is now in their Ft. Lauderdale office.
 

Anna Nicole SmithHugh Hefner "Saddened" by Anna's Death

[5:20pm] TMZ received a statement from Playboy founder Hugh Hefner:

"I am very saddened to learn about Anna Nicole's passing. She was a dear friend who meant a great deal to the Playboy family and to me personally. My thoughts and prayers are with her friends and loved ones during this difficult time."

Hefner famously purchased the Westwood crypt where Marilyn Monroe is entombed. Monroe was the first Playboy Playmate. Anna was Playmate of the Year in 1993.


Anna's Publicist -- "I'm Sad, Not Shocked"

[4:32pm] David Granoff, Anna's former publicist, told MSNBC that he was "sad, but not shocked" by Anna's death. He added that there was "Just no spark in her anymore."


Screenwriter on Anna: "It's Not a Surprise"

[4:55pm] Bill Stroum, who co-wrote two movies that Anna Nicole Smith starred in during the 1990s ("To the Limit" and "Detour"), tells TMZ, "I am shocked, but it is not a surprise. I thought she would have died 10 years ago."


E! Releases Statement on Anna Nicole

[4:44pm] E! Network just released this statement on the death of Anna Nicole Smith: 
"E! Networks is deeply saddened by the tragic news of Anna Nicole Smith's death. Our thoughts are with her family and loved ones." 

Anna's reality show, "The Anna Nicole Show," aired on E! from 2002-2004.


Anna's Daughter is in the Bahamas

[4:18pm] People.com is reporting that Anna's 5-month-old daughter, Dannielynn Hope, was not with her at the time. Sources tell the magazine that she is being cared for in the Bahamas by the mother of Shane Gibson, a high-ranking Bahamian official who is a close friend of Smith's. 

TMZ has also learned that the hotel room that Anna was occupying at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino will be sealed off as a part of the investigation.


Cops to Weigh in on Anna Nicole

[4:10pm] TMZ has learned that the Seminole Police Department will participate in a press conference at the Hard Rock Hotel at 4:30 PM EST.


Medical Examiner to Pick Up Anna's Body

[4:08pm] TMZ has learned that the Broward County Medical Examiner has been dispatched to the hospital to retrieve the body of Anna Nicole Smith.


Anna Nicole Smith is Dead

[2:55pm] Anna Nicole Smith has died, this according to her attorney Ron Rale. She was 39.

Desperate attempts to save her life were made by paramedics en route to Memorial Regional Hospital. Smith did not survive, despite receiving CPR and emergency intubation to facilitate her breathing.

Smith was found unconscious in her hotel room at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

Anna had been transported to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood just after 2:00 PM EST and died around 3:45 PM EST.

WFOR-TV in Miami reports that Anna was found unresponsive in her hotel room. Local streets were closed off to rush Smith to the hospital, three miles away. Paramedics were seen pumping her chest as she was taken from the hotel. 

0208_anna_nicole_new.jpgAnna had been hospitalized for a week last November with pneumonia. Daughter Dannielynn, subject of an ongoing DNA test battle, was born on September 7. Her son Daniel died of a drug overdose on September 10. People magazine is reporting that Dannielynn is in the Bahamas.

Anna was a frequent guest of the Hard Rock. Just one month ago, a playful Anna was caught showing off new body art to Hulk Hogan during a boxing match.


 

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Dora    

I am so puzzled!!! Why was everyone else called first when Anna Nicole collapsed in her hotel room but not 911? I strongly believe that if Anna Nicole had "near normal " functioning people around her when she passed out at the hotel she would be alive today.

2753 days ago
17.

Dora    

All I hope out of all of this is that that beautiful child be given a chance to live a normal life, that she be placed in the care of a loving family with brothers and sisters around her and that they be allowed to change her name. She deserve a chance to grow up healthy and truly cared for. This whole thing is very sad and sick and this child does not deserve any of this. I pray that all that surrounds her today never touch her in the future.

2753 days ago
18.

jacquelyn    

shame on you howard you say you loved anna but you continued to let her self destruct on drugs . love i think not . out for your own personal gain Hmmmmmm.

2753 days ago
19.

Larissa    

Attention Bloggers: For all the "CRAZYNESS" surrounding the life and death of Anna Nicole, please remember one thing.
THE MOST IMPORTANT PERSON AT THIS TIME IS DANNIELYNN. We are human, we all make mistakes, "HE WHOM LIVES IN GLASS HOUSE< SHALL CAST NO STONES"

God Bless everyone involved and may the "Best Interest" of Dannielynn remain the PRIORITY!!

Respectfully,
Larissa

2753 days ago
20.

Joanne Horn    

Anna Nicole's mother should let her daughter be buried next to her son Daniel. I can't believe that her mother would do this! Being a mother of 4 myself I would honor my children's wishes (we have discuss this). You will always have memories that know one can take from you good or bad. Hopefully Anna will be resting in peace next to Daniel soon. My prayers & thoughts are for Anna's little baby girl. New Jersey Mom

2753 days ago
21.

Brenda Lomax    

Please for goodness sake, bury this girl!!! She is dead, not coming back, so someone please get this girl in the ground. I know it is a three ring circus with all these men claiming to be the daddy and I hope for her daughter's sake, she will turn out to be better than her mom.
As far as Howard K. Stern, I hope he gets nothing!!!!!!! He controled her and seeing her with other men must have turned him on. He helped her get drug's and he probably had a hand in Danny's and Anna's death. If this baby isn't taken away fron him, he probably will get her on drug's also. He sounds like he is in it for the money. If he knew how stupid he looked following her around like a lost puppy.

2753 days ago
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Caring person    

After reading a lot the comments, it seems that there are lot of mixed feelings. One thing we all agree on is that ANS is gone. Who and what is in questioned. We can all speculate that Howard was involved, but we don't know for sure. I would love to really know, but I don't. My personal feeling is that he was involved some how with Anna and Danny. I can't prove it, but I feel it deep down. Howard is in it for the money,. So is all the other people that cam out of the wood works. How sad is that. Were were you all when she needed you all. She needed A ton of help and no one was there. Why, because there wasn't a check waiting for you all? Sad.
Little Dannielynn is the person that needs the most help for years to come. One day she will have to learn about what happended to her mother. That sin't going to be easy news for her at all. What the courts really should do allow a foster family to take her in. No one would even know except the courts involved that is. Change her name and just take care of that little girl. As for the money, who cares. Money can't buy you happienss and it certainly can't bring back Anna or Danny. So everyone needs to move on and allow Dannielynn to have a normal kind of life. But as long as Howard is involved or the other clowns, there is going to be no normal at all.
There are so many people that would love to take care of Dannielynn just to take care of her. The money should go to good use in a drug donation to have a rehab center for people who are in need of help.

2753 days ago
23.

Caring person    

We really have to focus on what is in the best interest of the child. Do you honestly think that Larry really cares. Or Howard? Or those other idiots that claim to be the father. Where were they before all this came about? Not around until the money was at stake. Now there will be a long congo line of men trying to claim they are the father.
If Howard was the father, and I don't think that he is, he would jump at the chance to prove it through DNA. But he is in hiding.
I agree with Anna living a crazy life, but from what I understand, her mother was abusive and Anna was rapped by her step father. It is no wonder Anna left home. Not to mention she didn't want her mother to ever lay eyes on her little girl. Would you? I know I wouldn't want to. She was so messed up from how things happended to her in her life. She lived a life of craziness just to put the pain away. It probably wan't the best way, but it was the only way she knew how to survive.
Drugs were her escape from her life. Before she could identify with herself that she needed help, it was too late. Howard took full avantage of the situation just for the pay out in the end. But did he ever think that that he would be the person of interest? Probably not. From the first time I seen him, he looked like a person that shouldn't be trusted.
As for Anna's mother, she is an idiot. The first time I seen her on GMA she basically showed she didn't care about her daughter. Even when asked if she seen her daughter yet. Her answer was no. She thought that it was more important to go to to her granddaughter. If that isn't cold, that I don't know what is. Anna's mother is a money hungry person. She wants to get out of the trailer park and into the rich a famous. She shouldn't be awarded Dannielynn either. She couldn't even take care of her own daughter. She allowed Anna to drop out of school in the 8th grade. What kind of mother does that? Not a good one. She ought to be ashamed of herself too. A dead beat mother. She can't fool me. Just in it for the money. That's all.

2753 days ago
24.

The Original D..    

Any registered ebay users out there? Would you PLEASE help me turn this auction in, it is disgusting. She has ANS picture in the background, nasty sexual music..
Can I get any help?
I have turned this in 3 times, and it is still up..

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=160085883733

2753 days ago
25.

beth    

Britney is on her way of reaching the tragic end of Anna Nicole Smith. She needs to get herself some help!

2753 days ago
26.

Thai.NgYuen    

At this point, I just want to know one thing ...
WHO killed Daniel.
And why?

2753 days ago
27.

homegirl101    

Livewire....
Unless you are using the name of an old -pal..."LIVEWIRE."....he was my running mate from another TMZ blog..on " G dubwa Bush...and the Dixie Chicks "....Sept 06-ish.....although your writing seems somewhat different..than his....the circumstances on Anna are different than posting on a political forum. !!..
So I thought you.... may be my old pal LIVEWIRE .....and was just saying hey....so if you are LIVEWIRE the king of TMZ...then...hey to ya...if it's not you...then hey anyway...
Nemaste"

2753 days ago
28.

Karen    

This story has bothered me from the minute it started, and I am not a Anna Nicole fan, in fact I am not afraid to admit I didnt know much about her outside of Trimspa and Playboy. For me this all plain and simple, she is a women who lost her 20 year old son( I have a son 20 years old, I cant even begin to imagine losing him) a mother( who needs to bug off, Anna didnt even like her) who apparently wasn't there for her, and one constant struggle after the next. Now there lies a beautiful little girl that suddenly everyone has an interest in, including the mother, and it is all for the almighty green dollar. Makes me sick!
And why wont the "poor' Stern take the damn test?????

2753 days ago
29.

Nancy    

Please just let Anna rest in peace. We all make mistakes,and we all live in glass houses, so don't throw stones.

2752 days ago
30.

The Original D..    

GO here..
http://www.celebritywonder.com/vids/Anna_Nicole_Smith/

Listen to the first video, listen to what ANS said at the very end about friends and family.
There are many, many video's of her here. Some I have never seen before.

2752 days ago
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